Tap into the collective power of influential business and NGO pioneers to create new strategies and

 tactics to build a more socially and environmentally conscious state.

The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring you this series of sustainability leaders who are making a positive impact in Minnesota. Meet the people who are working to improve the environment in Minnesota and around the world.

Emily Larson

Mayor of Duluth

I live in a city that inspires active stewardship of our natural world and reverence for its’ limitations. Sustainability is a mandate for survival.”

Peter Smerud

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center

“Leading the most diverse and largest accredited residential environmental learning center in the nation”

Angie Miller

Community Action Duluth

Our mission is to empower and engage our community to eliminate poverty, and create prosperity and equity in the lives of the people we serve.”

Nick Hylla

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)

“Our solar group purchase programs have been very successful at helping homes and businesses go solar in 4 Midwest states.”

Michael Noble

Fresh Energy

“…energy was at the root of many of society’s most important challenges—foreign policy, trade, the environment, economic competitiveness, and innovation.”

Jodi Slick


“My career path has been about leveraging resources and using design thinking to understand, and then get around, the barriers that have prevented us from doing what makes sense.”

Ben Bratrud

Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota

“Helping people become more sustainable and energy efficient provides multiple benefits in other aspects of their lives as well as for the communities we live in.”